introducing you to the changes to Western Plaguelands there are
some less visible changes that should be noted. The rather tedious (and
some would say annoying) job of faring Argent Crusade reputation via
Scourge Stones has been removed, a change that should have taken place
long ago. The level range for the newly designed zone has also changed
to better implement Blizzard’s grand flow design. The one
50-58 zone has been reduced to a zone more suitable for players
Upon first entrance into the Western Plaguelands it’s clear
that this zone has been changed for the better through the
effects of Cataclysm. A once dead land, flowers now dot the ground and
the grass is slowly coming back to life. The trees have regained their
leaves and the whole land practically hums with new growth.
The wildlife here has also taken a turn for the better. While some
diseased animals still haunt the landscape, more often than not in
post-Cataclysm Western Plaguelands players will find themselves faced
with healthy looking animals full of life.
Moving east across the zone players will come across Felstone
Field. Before Cataclysm this place was overrun by Scourge and home to
one of the many Scourge Cauldrons, which was placed directly in the
center of the field. Now, Felstone Field has been reclaimed by the
Alliance. The fences have been mended, the buildings repaired, and
Allliance Laborer’s work tirelessly on their
Halfway between Felstone Field and Dalson’s Tears a grim
sight meets the eye. Formerly in this location there was a small camp
filled with Scarlet Crusade members and their pets. Much like the
destruction found in Venomweb Vale in Tirisfal Glades this camp has
been eradicated, all that remains are bodies engulfed in purple flames.
Moving further east past the carnage of the Scarlet encampment players
will be greeted with a much happier sight. The place formerly known as
Dalson’s Tears, overrun by Scourge with its very own Scourge
Cauldron has also been reclaimed by the Alliance. As such, with
pumpkins thriving in the fields and the Scourge ran off, this area has
been renamed fittingly; Dalson’s Farm.
Just outside of Dalson’s Farm a grouping of tents has
appeared in what is now called the Menders Stead. Residing in
these tents are Cenarion Circle members of all races. These Cenarion
members are to credit with the reclaiming of Dalson’s Farm,
and also perhaps for the general renewal of the Western Plaguelands in
A new flight path has also been added here by the Cenarion
Circle. Thankfully, players won’t need to walk to
gain access to Western Plaguelands in Cataclysm thanks to the new
flight paths such as this one.
The road leading north has been cleared of debris. No longer will
players find fallen logs and machines of war, nor will Infected Deer be
found along this path.
The renewal of the land has drawn in a few new inhabitants. Redpaw
Gnolls have taken up residence along the northern road, giving players
some new mobs to kill.
The Scarlet forces in the area seem to have vanished. Whether this is
because of the recent appearance of the Gnolls, or due to some
other reason remains unknown.
Moving further up this road, at the next area of wall that was once
overrun with Scarlet forces, it becomes easier to see what may have
happened to them. While there is not a living soul to be seen in this
area, the Argent Crusade flag now flies here.
Just down the road a small force of Argent soldiers is on patrol,
confirming the fact that they are now in charge in this part of the
The tower that once held Scarlet forces just before reaching Hearthglen
was also claimed by the Argent Crusade. However, while their flags fly
on the tower it appears they have been slack in patrolling the area as
Gnoll Looters have arrived on the scene. On a brighter note the tower
now has it’s very own name; Taelan’s Tower.
When Hearthglen is finally reached it becomes clear that there is
indeed an Argent Crusade force in the area, and it’s larger
than ever expected. The Scarlet Crusade forces that once dominated
Hearthglen are gone, and a new brighter Hearthglen era has begun. While
not much has changed except for the owners of Hearthglen, at the very
least it’s nice as a Horde player to be able to walk into
this part of the zone without fear of attack.